Obsessing Over the 'Good War'

If you haven't already seen pearl harbor, make sure to do so when it opens at your local theater. Not because it's a great film, which (though I'm no movie critic) it isn't, but because after spending more than two hours watching a sappy love story bracket a burst of high-tech pyrotechnics, you can reflect on the deep grip that World War II continues to have on our imagination.

Especially the American one. Starting with the 50th anniversary of D-day in 1994, the U.S. has been awash with a wave of books, films and remembrances of the "Good...

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